Bob Marley & the Wailers

Roots, Rock, RemixedQuango Fontana

It’s difficult to improve on perfection, but in some cases it can be done. Almost. Just listen to the reconstructed “Love” by the Beatles. In an attempt to update the nearly perfect legacy of Bob Marley, various producers, DJs, and mixologists have taken a dozen of his songs and treated them. Some are treated well, but others leave a little to be desired. What seems to work best is the straightforward enhancement of Marley’s songs, using the technology to bring beats to the forefront while allowing the essence of the original versions to remain intact. Bombay Dub Orchestra’s handling of “Lively up Yourself” is a good example of the soft touch. What doesn’t work is the extension and extreme modifications heard in Trio Eletrico’s “Trenchtown Rock.” Even though this project has the Marley family’s blessings, does it really accomplish its goals in a way that would make Bob say, “Yeah, Mon?” 3 stars